Nominations open for Governor’s medals for science and technology

Deadline to apply is Dec. 19

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) is now accepting nominations for the 32nd Annual Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology.

Established in 1987, the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology is the highest civilian award bestowed by the State of Utah to residents who have provided distinguished service or made significant contributions to Utah in scientific and technological fields. A panel of industry experts and educators review the nominations prior to making their recommendations to Gov. Gary R. Herbert.

The awards honor those who have made an impact across their careers and highlight accomplishments in 2018. Following the final selection of the awardees, Gov. Gary R. Herbert will present the awards at a ceremony at the Utah Technology Innovation Summit scheduled for Apr. 1, 2019.

Individuals, organizations, and institutions whose efforts have made a significant contribution to the fields of science and technology within the Beehive State are eligible to receive a Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology. Categories in which nominations are welcome include:

  • K-12 Education, for an individual who has made a notable contribution in elementary and secondary school education in Utah in the fields of science, STEM, engineering, or technology
  • Academic/Research, for an individual at Utah’s higher education institutions who distinguished themselves in the field of science, engineering or other deep technologies
  • Industry, for an individual or company who/that has made notable achievements in the field of science, engineering or other deep technologies

Nominees must have demonstrated important contributions in the fields of science, research, STEM education, or in deep technology industry. Previous award recipients and current members of the medals review committee are not eligible for nomination.

A one-page nomination form is available for download online at

Utah residents or organizations may submit completed nomination forms by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Nominations may be submitted online, emailed to jberry, or mailed to USTAR, attn. Science Medals, 111 S. Main Street, Suite 550, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.



The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) is the state’s technology-based economic development agency. USTAR serves as a catalyst to develop ideas and research into marketable products and successful companies through its competitive grant and entrepreneur support programs. USTAR propels Utah’s economy forward by supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the non-IT science and deep technology clusters. USTAR facilitates the diversification of the state’s tech economy, increases private follow-on investments, and ensures more companies successfully launch and survive the initial technology development and incubation stages, or the so-called "Valley of Death." In doing so, USTAR helps create a rich innovation ecosystem that grows the state’s economy, tax revenue, and workforce.

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